Recently there was some interesting reactions when it was announced that Chris Camozzi was stepping in for Yoel Romero versus “Jacare” Souza. By then, it was widely known that Romero was withdrawing from UFC on FOX 15 due to injury, but Camozzi’s addition addition to the card, caught a few folks off guard.
After all, Camozzi had been cut by the UFC last year, and further, the rugged vet was already defeated by Souza back in 2013. While that all may be true, finding someone to fight one of the baddest middleweights on the planet, was apparently tough sledding. Not long after the bout was announced, UFC boss man Dana White relayed how difficult it was (with some choice words), and credited Camozzi for stepping up.
While most people probably get why not too many guys would be interested in battling Souza on a week’s notice, Camozzi doesn’t. While speaking to MMA Junkie.com recently, here is some of what the 28 year-old had to say about the subject:
“I’ve got everything to gain, and ‘Jacare’ has everything to lose,” Camozzi said. “I don’t understand why guys wouldn’t take this fight. We’re paid to fight, not get sponsors and post on social media. Our main job is to fight. All that other stuff is extra. When you’re called to fight, you should fight. For me, everything’s upwards from here.”
“It’s a whirlwind,” he said. “I’ve been fighting for a long time now, and taking this one on short notice like I did before, it’s all matching up for me to change the outcome of the first one. It’s a chance at redemption for me.”
Fair enough. It you can’t recall, Camozzi faced “Jacare” at UFC on FX 8 (remember those), in what marked the latter’s UFC debut. The feared grappler choked Camozzi out with an arm-triangle-choke in the opening round. Since then Souza has gone on to win three more bouts and is currently ranked #1 in the 185. So if Camozzi wins on Saturday, it will see a massive shockwave throughout the middleweight ranks.
UFC on FOX 15 will be hosted by the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The bout will feature a middleweight scrap between contenders Luke Rockhold and Lyoto Machida in the main event.